BAND SHAKE UP 60S DANCE CRAZE
RIVERVALE’S Glyn MacDonald will play piano for Stratosfunk’s Shake Down show, which is set to revive the 60s dance craze at the Fly By Night Club in November.
Stratosfunk won a Fringe World Music Award last year and the nine-piece soul band will pay tribute to the dance crazes that shook the work in the 50s and 60s including the twist, the monkey, and the mashed potato.
MacDonald said he had played with Stratosfunk for two years and loved that the music crossed generational boundaries. “When we play people dance and its so much more entertaining for you as a musician,” he said.
“My kids love it, my wife loves its and the grandparents. It was an innocent time in music, it’s just fun.”
MacDonald began playing piano at the age of six, stuck with it because he felt it was the only thing he was good at and enjoyed.
He studied at WAAPA and turned his passion into a career, performing in Canada, Rome, Beijing and most recently Thailand.
Trained in jazz music, the 38-year-old says you have to stay flexible as a musician and has played in may styles of bands, even as a keyboardist for an orchestra.
Shake Down will include special guests The High Learys, Land of 1000 Dances Djs and The Beehives GoGo dancers on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8.
Doors open 7.30pm, presale tickets cost $43.50 including booking fee, or $47 at the door if available. To book visit http://flybynight.org or call 9430 5976 for more details.
Stratosfunk will turn to the ’60s for their ShakeDown Show next month.